Checklist of Hummingbirds of

The following 34 species of hummingbirds have been reported from NICARAGUA.

Taxonomy is after Clements 5th edition (updated 2004).

Click on the word "PHOTOS" below for illustrations of selected hummingbird species.(NOTE: If you have a clear photo of any of the species below and would like to submit it for posting on this Operation RubyThroat Web site, please send it via E-mail to PROJECTS with photographer's name, date & location of photo, and anecdotal info about the bird.)

  1. Bronzy Hermit, Glaucis aenea
  2. Band-tailed Barbthroat, Threnetes ruckeri
  3. Western Long-tailed Hermit, Phaethornis longirostris
  4. Stripe-throated Hermit, Phaethornis striigularis
  5. Scaly-breasted Hummingbird, Phaeochroa cuvierii
  6. Violet Sabrewing, Campylopterus hemileucurus --PHOTOS
  7. White-necked Jacobin, Florisuga mellivora
  8. Brown Violet-ear, Colibri delphinae
  9. Green Violet-ear, Colibri thalassinus --PHOTOS
  10. Green-breasted Mango, Anthracothorax prevostii --PHOTOS
  11. Violet-headed Hummingbird, Klais guimeti
  12. Emerald-chinned Hummingbird, Abeillia abeillei
  13. Black-crested Coquette, Lophornis helenae
  14. Stripe-tailed Hummingbird, Eupherusa eximia
  15. Violet-crowned Woodnymph, Thalurania colombica
  16. Blue-throated Goldentail, Hylocharis eliciae
  17. White-eared Hummingbird, Hylocharis leucotis --PHOTOS
  18. Rufous-tailed Hummingbird, Amazilia tzacatl
  19. Cinnamon Hummingbird, Amazilia rutila
  20. White-bellied Emerald, Agyrtria candida
  21. Azure-crowned Hummingbird, Agyrtria cyanocephala
  22. Blue-chested Hummingbird, Polyerata amabilis
  23. Steely-vented Hummingbird, Saucerottia saucerrottei
  24. Blue-tailed Hummingbird, Saucerottia cyanura
  25. Snowcap, Microchera albocoronata
  26. Bronze-tailed Plumeleteer, Chalybura urochrysia
  27. Green-breasted Mountain-gem, Lampornis sybillae
  28. Purple-throated Mountain-gem, Lampornis calolaema
  29. Magnificent (Rivoli's) Hummingbird, Eugenes fulgens --PHOTOS
  30. Purple-crowned Fairy, Heliothryx barroti
  31. Plain-capped Starthroat, Heliomaster constantii --PHOTOS
  32. Long-billed Starthroat, Heliomaster longirostris
  33. Sparkling-tailed Hummingbird, Tilmatura dupontii
  34. Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Archilochus colubris --PHOTOS

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NOTE: Although Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are the primary focus of "Operation RubyThroat: The Hummingbird Project", we are also interested in other hummingbird species--especially vagrants that appear in winter (mid-October through mid-March) in the eastern U.S. If you know of a wintering hummingbird east of the Mississippi, please report it to the Research Department at Hilton Pond Center for Piedmont Natural History. We will contact a local hummingbird bander about capturing the bird, identifying and banding it, and releasing it unharmed.

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